“West Runton definitely – cheap all-day car park & a lovely little cafe & shop on the slip down to the beach.” SC, June ’18
“West runton is great, just check the tide times before you go, the tide needs to be out so that you can get to the rock pools” AH, June ’18
“Sea Palling has rocks you can get to when the tide is out and you can climb over them and look in the pools for starfish and crabs etc. Nice beach too.” GN, June ’18
“Was at Cromer yesterday late afternoon and lots of rock pools before ride came back in, presumably there’s a point earlier in the day it’s like that – Or West runton was always the classic when I was little!” HL, June ’18
“If you head to Runton, go down the slip way and therock pools are to your left when the tide is out. You can’t miss them. Take buckets or trays to observe your finds and print an ID resource so you can work out what you find. Have fun!” JK, June ’18.
West Runton, Cromer, Sheringham and Hunstanton have all been mentioned as the best places to go rockpooling in Norfolk.
Broad Ln, Brancaster, King’s Lynn PE31 8AX
Recommended for: Families, kite flying and shipwreck viewing.
*Watch children and young people carefully in the water as there are hidden sandbanks*
Photo thanks to Jon Clifton Photography & Design – “The beach is a very short walk from the car park, there are loos and a nice beach cafe/shop.” May’17
“Turn right at at the beach for families as large stunt kites are permitted to the left. Beware of tide times as road in floods” (see above) Joanne A. June’17
Recommended for: Boating & walks
The walk to the beach is quite far so be mindful of this if you’re thinking of going with young ones.
Great Yarmouth, NR30 5DJ
Recommended for: Long walks, seal spotting, sand castles.
Cromer Beach, NR27 9HP
Type: Shingle at high tide, sand at low tide
Recommended for: Families (life guards patrol!) people who might want to visit the Henry Blogg Museum or meander down the pier.
Picture thanks to Horatio Creative.
Great Yarmouth, NR31 6DX
Type: Sand (some small pebbles)
Recommended for: Children, sand castles, dog walking.
Recommended for: All the fun of the beach! (Bouncy castles, donkey rides, arcades, crazy golf etc)
Recommended for: Lighthouse enthusiasts, sand castle building, walking for miles.
Sandy ramp down to beach, tricky but can be done.
S Beach Rd, Heacham PE31 7BD
Type: Stone (sand when tide is out)
Recommended for: Mobile holidays & dog walkers.
Beach Rd, Hemsby, Great Yarmouth NR29 4HT
Recommended for: Family attractions, soft sand, children (board walk right to the entrance of the beach so great for buggies!)
Picture thanks to Iceni Magazine and their top tip is: Take your pennies for the ice-cream van, it drives onto the beach!
Type: Sand and shingle
Recommended for: Peace and quiet & dog walkers.
Tricky for buggies as there are no proper paths but doable.
Recommended for: Seal watching, sand castle building.
Beach Terrace Road, Hunstanton PE36 5BQ
Recommended for: Seaside fun (fairground rides, donkeys, sand for sandcastle building, seal trips, crazy golf)
Mundesley Beach, NR11 8BQ
Recommended for: Children- great for sandcastles & kite flying.
A beach side cafe sells traditional seaside food, snacks and drinks. Toilet facilities with shower are conveniently located adjacent to the cafe
Recommended for: Families, dog walkers, kite surfing.
Old Hunstanton beach is one of my favourite Norfolk beaches. Masses of parking available, and empty swathes of sand if you want to get away from it all. If you only want to walk a tiny little way but also have space around you, then this is perfect for you too. Suzy W May’17
Overstrand Rd, Cromer NR27 0AJ
Type: Sand & pebbles
Recommended for: Peace and quiet, only walking on promenade at high tide.
Recommended for: Swimmers, sand-castle building.
Promenade, Sheringham NR26 8LS
Type: Pebbles unless sea is out.
Recommended for: Rock poolers & sand castle builders at low tide, people who want to visit the lifeboat station.
Snettisham Beach, King’s Lynn PE31 7PS
Recommended for: Bird watching & walks.
Recommended for: Walkers. Not a lot to do in Walcott.
Recommended for: Peace & quiet, sand-castle building, walks, seal spotting.
Beach Road, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1DR
Recommended for: People who like little trains to take them to the beach, sandcastles, bird watching, dog walking.
Picture thanks to Andrew at Lamb Social Media – “Be prepared for a long walk down to the beach (or take the little train!) it’s worth it!” May’17
Type: Pebbles at high tide, sand at low tide
Recommended for: Fossil hunters, dog walkers,
Type: Pebbles at high tide, sand at low tide
Recommended as more child-friendly than West Runton.
Beach Rd, Winterton-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth NR29 4AJ
Recommended for: Sand castles, kite flying, seal spotting.
Winterton is our absolute favourite (although after putting together this list of beaches I think we have a lot more beach visiting to do!) We love that it’s not commercial but it has toilets and a cafe. It can be busier in warmer weather but we’re always there early anyway to make the most of it before it gets too hot for little ones! Katrin June’17